* T'ai Chi
* piano lessons
Because I was a (COBOL) computer programmer for nearly 20 years before going back to school to become a psychologist, I know how to putter around computer applications. Last week I used my Excel skills to organize transportation for a bunch of out-of-town guests who arrived for a Tai Chi workshop in Pleasant Hill.
Naturally, I am really good at listening, although I enjoy a good conversation. In fact, one of the things I miss about being in a relationship is the connection of sharing our thoughts, our day, ideas about life and spirituality, or just about anything that's on our mind.
The last time I filled out this question, my one-word answer was "neurofeedback." Google it sometime. It is biofeedback of brainwave activity, and helps people reduce migraine, increase energy, lessen emotional reactivity, and basically function better.
Don't ge me wrong. I love good food. However, I want to Live Long and Prosper, so I am eating mostly whole grains, legumes, and veggies. Trying out a lot of new cookbooks and recipes!
This doesn't mean I want you to adapt your food preferences to mine. But when you light up the barby, grill a few veggies for me!
I love all kinds of good music, including classical, opera, 60s Rock and Roll, and Jazz. While ushering at "The Bing" concert hall at Stanford, I have gotten to enjoy Yo Yo Ma, Jon Nakamatsu, Emanuel Ax, and other great artists.
I enjoyed several great movies this year, including Lincoln, Argo, The Artist, Life of Pi (I loved the book first, then the movie), Les Miserables, Mirror, Mirror. . .
Johnny Depp was fantastic in Rum Diaries
I watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close after having read the book. Enjoyed them both.
I read the Hunger Games trilogy, but was afraid to go see the movie. Blood and Guts are better digested off the page than off the screen.
I was hesitant to read the Girl in the Dragon Tatoo series because of the violence, but I am thinking about giving it a go.
I enjoy anything wrtten by Alan Watts, especially Tao: The Watercourse Way. His description of reading Chinese characters as concepts rather than as words blew my mind.
I am fortunate to belong to a small women's book club, which has exposed me to many wonderful reads, including (in no particular order):
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall
Eat and Run... by Scott Jurek
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal, by Ben Macintyre
Books by Toni Morrison, including Beloved and Home
* Play and adventure
* Love of nature, especially summer travel in the mountains
* A sense of awe and appreciation
* Unconditional Positive Regard
* Friends and family
Running off to Mexico to improve my Spanish
Traveling to exotic and beautiful locations